Posts made in April, 2012

It’s time to get creative with tea!

Posted on Apr 29, 2012 in nutrition, Recipes

It’s time to get creative with tea!

    I’ve been jamming out on some amazingly refreshing iced teas! My favorite I wanted to share with you is my special hibiscus, rose, lemon balm and mint tea! I simply add these ingredients to water, gently boil for 10-15 minutes, stir in a touch of honey, cool, strain and pour over ice and add lime.  I sometimes add some soda water as well.  With all the color we are surrounded with right now, we may as well infuse our senses in every way! I love drinking this amazingly red concoction.   Also, it’s good for you! Hibiscus is a red flower most of us have seen! It’s slightly sour to the taste which turns out to be refreshing.  Hibiscus...

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What is a Healer?

Posted on Apr 27, 2012 in Healing

What is a Healer?

A co-worker is applying to acupuncture school and was asked to write an essay with the question: “what is a healer?” It got me thinking… A healer is your dog and cat, a plant, a massage therapist, a crystal, your grandma, organic leafy greens, your sports coach, musicians and artists, life coach, your astrologer… A healer (according to me) is someone or something, in that moment that has the intention to illuminate the bigger picture and expound upon it,  and doesn’t get lost in your story.       Let me explain: our friends can be tremendous healers, but intention is very important, and if the intention is solely to hold a...

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Pain, is it your friend or foe?

Posted on Apr 19, 2012 in Healing

Pain, is it your friend or foe?

The Pain in your brain is ready to wane.  Your body deserves to be heard! Pain is a huge problem for us as humans! It is incredibly distracting and uncomfortable…or is it? Depending on what kind of pain you have, chronic or acute, and the severity of it, this can be a major factor in your life.  I have been in the practice of moving towards my pain, at the suggestion of my yoga teacher.  When experiencing mild to moderate discomfort, I focus my attention at the sight of my pain, and surprisingly it helps to manage it, and I learn a lot! It seems to me if we turn away from pain, in addition to any anticipation of pain, our bodies tense, we contract our muscles,...

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Spring Resolutions: If the weather can change so rapidly, so can we!

Posted on Apr 18, 2012 in spring

Spring Resolutions: If the weather can change so rapidly, so can we!

  It’s come to my attention that it’s time for shedding.  Animals are shedding their winter coats, Portland is shedding it’s wintery chill, and some of its’ clouds, people are shedding toxins by cleansing. It’s time to make room for movement and blossoms and inspiration. The Spring is such a great time for cleaning, doing body cleanses and making changes, because there is more energy available from the sun and the Earth.  There’s a certain freshness in the air that we want all through our lives.  I believe that to be the thoughts behind spring cleaning.  How do we keep things fresh, new and moving for ourselves? How do we keep...

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Springtime

Posted on Apr 2, 2012 in spring

Springtime

The Spring has popped and so have a lot of allergies! There are lots of ways to support your body through this season! There a lot of acupuncture points to create ease of itchy eyes, and running nose and that general discomfort so many people suffer from, especially in the Northwest! There are a lot of herbal aids too.  One of the most exciting medicinal plants for the springtime are Stinging Nettles.  This plant is a power plant, containing so many vitamins and minerals, it is a very beneficial spring tonic.  The leaves has lots of iron, making it beneficial for the blood, as well as vitamin C, which aids us in absorbing the iron. Stinging nettle also shares a...

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